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Bernt H. Berger

Philosophy Summer School in China


Philosophy Summer School in China
Institute for Chinese Studies
Centre for Modern Chinese Studies
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 2HG
Great Britain
Fax: +44 (0)1865 - 280381
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  The first session of the Sino-British Summer School of Philosophy was held in 1988 at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). The sponsoring bodies are the CASS, the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the Centre of Modern Chinese Studies, Oxford (since 1991) and the Australian Academy of the Humanities (since 1994). The event takes place annually in different location within China.


  The summer school has acted as a Master course. It aims at rising the intellectual standards of younger Chinese Philosophers. The program involves course lectures, reading groups, symposia, informal common room discussions and an assessment of examination essays. The character of the Summer school derives from the practices within universities in Britain and Australia.


  The School focuses on central areas of western thought. Past sessions included Modern Epistemology, Philosophy of Social Sciences, Philosophy and Applied Ethics and Philosophy of Language among others. Practical questions, which concern contemporary China in a period of fundamental transformation were brought into the discussions. These mainly concerned ethical questions dealing with business, the environment, medicine and changing social relations.

Bernt H. Berger is a Research Student in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


  Past symposia included Chinese Woman and Feminist Thought in 1995. The symposium brought together influential western and Chinese theorists. In 1997 an International Conference on Business Ethics was held and provided an exciting intellectual forum. The goal behind the events was to support the standards of intellectual integrity and clarity in order to promote a mutual understanding of current economic and social problems.

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